Handbook of Legumes of World Economic Importance

James A. Duke

Published by Scientific Publishers,India, 2003
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Synopsis: In 1971, Dr. Quentin Jones, now of the National Hawaii, where an international panel convened to Program Staff, SEA, USDA, suggested that the discuss and assemble information on underexploit­ Plant Taxonomy Laboratory devise a format for ed tropical legumes. Conversations at that meeting concise write-ups on 1,000 economic plants (Duke and subsequent correspondence with the partici­ and Terrell, 1974; Duke et al. , 1975). Dr. C. F. pants also yielded new information on some of the Reed was contracted to search the literature on tropical legumes. Finally in 1978, 100 copies of the writeups these economic plants, which included 146 species of legumes. From 1971 through 1974, Dr. Reed were delivered to the International Legume Con­ prepared rough drafts of write-ups on the 1,000 ference at Kew, July 24th-August 4, and all were species. It was my responsibility to establish the given to potential cooperators before my lecture on format and monitor the write-ups, to ensure that the manual (July 31st). New information presented they would answer many questions on legumes in lectures at that conference and personal com­ directed to the USDA by our taxpaying public. munications behind the scenes have also been used Since then, a computerized system alerts me to to update and embellish the write-ups so that they new publications on legumes. I have ordered for are more than a bibliographic echo. our files copies of the more promising documents.

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Book Description Scientific, 2003. Hardbound. Book Condition: Reprint. Contents: I. Introduction: 1. Format. 2. Text abbreviations. 3. Collaborators. II. Legume species. Appendices: 1. Legume "toxins": their toxicity and generic distribution. 2. Legume genera and their toxins. 3. Ecosystematic attributes of legumes. 4. Economic legumes: their tolerances,yields, centers of diversity, and ecocenters. 5. Recommended inoculants for various legumes. 6. Zero-moisture nutritional analysis of legumes. 7. Amino acid composition of various legumes (g/ 16 g N). General references. "This timely volume - the result of extensive computer searches combined with recent research and the author's own extensive knowledge - fills the need for a concise source of detailed information on nearly 150 economically important species of legumes. Each plant is listed under its scientific name with recent significant synonyms included. General uses of plants are covered. Folk medicine - often the first guide in the quest for new medicinal uses - is given a separate section. Plants discussed include some legumes containing compounds useful against experimental cancers. Also listed the toxic plants. A section on germplasm covers the important cultivars and offers comments on centers of origin, breeding mechanisms, tolerances and chromosome counts. "Among the nutritional data presented is a tabulation of nutrients on a zero-moisture basis and amino acid compositions - data which facilitate comparisons between plants. Since modern distribution of many economically important legumes bears little relation to their historic distribution, a useful section on this subject 345 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 48577

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